The sophomore albums from both of these British-Bred, blues fried Zappa/ Beefheart disciples certainly equal, if not surpass their predecessors. Though hindsight's been kind to them on the re-issue circuit, I'm still constantly amazed neither made more of a lasting impression the first time around.

Stack Waddy - Bugger Off
The band showed no signs of letting up on their second album, and as for the public reception, perhaps Bugger Off wasn't a title that welcomed mainstream success. But hell, John Peel believed even if they never took any of his advice about recording
techniques, preferring to capture their live sound as opposed to remedial studio sessions. The band up the Zappa homage with a cover from Hot Rats and with the exception of an odd take on The Kinks, the rest barrels through psych addled blues in fine form. Personally I think the live feel captures a spirit that would have been lacking had the band conceded to a bit of polish, if nothing else it does a good job of making one want to actually experience this beast live. Sadly, I think I'm a few years too late, so this will just have to do.

[MP3] Stack Waddy - Hoochie Coochie Man
[MP3] Stack Waddy - Repossession Boogie

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Edgar Broughton Band - Sing Brother Sing
As they eased into their second album Edgar and the boys let more experimentation in, playing with recording techniques and straying a bit from the hard psych-blues that made up their debut. Though
admittedly when the band does lock into the Zappa/Beefheart vocal vibe coupled with fuzzed bits of stomping guitar, that's when they truly shine. It's definitely an album that belies the era in which it was made and you can hear social unrest and a burgeoning hippie idealism bubbling underneath the hedonistic rock impulses. Nevertheless they remain one of the more interesting bands that popped up on Harvest at the time and their recent string of reissues has been a welcome glut of extras and fidelity. This one's just as essential as the debut for those of you with a taste for the early 70's British oddity.

[MP3] Edgar Broughton Band - Momma's Reward (Keep Them Freak's A Rollin')
[MP3] Edgar Broughton Band - Out Demons Out

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